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The Word Elevated Above All

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | December 9, 2023 | Nehemiah 8:4-6



Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Nehemiah 8:4a (NIV)


Being driven by their hunger to begin well and afresh with God, the people created a pulpit upon which the scroll that contained the Law of God as given to Moses was to be placed. They prepared a place for the scroll to be read to them.


This implies a deep longing for the reading and hearing of God's word even during the wall-building phase. It suggests intentional planning, as evidenced by the provision for a pulpit amid the ruins, showcasing a deliberate effort to create a space for future reading of the word.


The significance the people attached to reading and hearing the word is noteworthy, symbolized by creating an elevated position for it. In verse 5, Ezra opened the book before all the people, standing above them, and as he did, everyone stood up. Their actions reflected a deep reverence for God and His word.


Deliberate efforts should be made to elevate the Word of God and place it at the centre stage of our lives. This symbolizes a typology, akin to Moses lifting the serpent in the wilderness and Jesus being lifted on the Cross (cf John 3:14-15). True Salvation can only be found in looking upon the elevated Word of God which is Christ Jesus.



Elevate the Word of God above all else in your life, where it can be seen by all. Let the word dictate the happenings in every aspect of your life, then, all folds of God’s salvation (Soteria) will find expression in your life for all to see.


Thank you, Father, for your Word in my life. I surrender every aspect of my life for the Word to flow into it and bring change. For your dear Name’s sake. Amen.



DAILY word study: HIGH WOODEN PLATFORM The phrase "high wooden platform" in Nehemiah 8:4 is translated from the Hebrew words "מִגְדָּלָא עֵץ־גָּבֹהַּ" (migdal'a etz-gavoha), where "מִגְדָּלָא" (migdal'a) means "tower" or "platform," and "עֵץ" (etz) means "wood," and "גָּבֹהַּ" (gavoha) means "high" or "tall."

The term "מִגְדָּלָא" (migdal'a) is often associated with a raised structure, a tower, or a platform. In the context of Nehemiah 8:4, this elevated wooden platform was likely constructed to make Ezra more visible to the large assembly gathered in front of the Water Gate in Jerusalem. The concept of an elevated platform for public speaking or reading is not unique to this passage and is seen in other parts of the Bible, emphasizing the importance of clear communication to the people.

The use of a high wooden platform underscores the significance of effective communication of God's Word. Ezra's desire to ensure everyone could hear and understand the Law demonstrates a commitment to accessibility and inclusivity in the transmission of divine instructions. This platform served not just as a physical structure but as a symbol of the leadership's dedication to making the Word of God accessible to all.


As we reflect on this, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring that the message of God is communicated in ways that are understandable and accessible to diverse audiences. It challenges us to consider how we, in our various roles, can create platforms or opportunities for the clear proclamation of God's Word.

In our efforts to share God's Word, how can we metaphorically construct "high wooden platforms" in our communities, workplaces, and families to ensure that the message is not only heard but also understood by a diverse audience?


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